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How Divorce Impacts a Child's Education

Every divorce is different, but every separation drastically affects the family. For children of divorce, the strain of the news often impacts their emotional and social health. Studies show that kid’s grades usually decrease during and after the divorce process. Therefore, if you’re a parent looking to get divorced, it’s crucial you prepare for the potential educational problems your child can face during this season.

Impact of Divorce on Education

General Impact

Statistically speaking a divorce impacts children negatively, causing their grades to worsen over time. A child of divorce is three times more likely to repeat a year of school due to poor performance when compared to children with two biological or adoptive parents. It’s interesting to note that children who have one biological parent and one stepparent are also three times more likely to repeat a year of school due to poor performance, which suggests that stepparents aren’t a remedy to this problem.

What you can do:

  • Statistics only give part of the story: if you and your ex are both invested in your child’s education, you can negate some of the impact of a divorce;
  • Encourage a stepparent to aid your child with their homework (if your child feels comfortable);
  • Don’t be disappointed or negative if your child’s grades drop. Encourage them and cheer them on through the process.

The Impact of Moving

One study found that when children moved away from their homes after a divorce, they averaged a 29% worse grade point than children living with two biological parents. If children stayed in their homes after a divorce, the performance gap decreased. Therefore, children who stay in their homes after a divorce are educationally less affected than those who move after a divorce.

What you can do:

  • If possible, let your children stay in their home even if you aren’t staying;
  • The parent without custody (or a parent who has joint custody) should live close to their children;
  • Parental agreement on the housing situation in a joint custody scenario can lead to better educational outcomes for children of divorce.

College & Divorce

Children who live in single-parent environments are nearly 10% less likely to enter college than children who live with their biological parents. Additionally, children who live in stepparent environments are 15% less likely to enter college than children who live in single-parent environments. Therefore, children who live with their biological parents are nearly 25% more likely to go to college than children who live with a stepparent.

What you can do:

  • Stay positive about college regardless of the circumstances;
  • Encourage your children to attend trade school;
  • Listen to your child’s wants and needs when it comes to college.

Representation that Cares

We hope this blog helps you identify the potential challenges your child will face during the divorce process. If this blog disheartens you, remember this: statistics are only that, and every child uniquely responds to divorce. With the right representation, you can minimize the impact your divorce will have on your kids.

If you''re looking for an experienced divorce lawyer who cares about clients like family, call (704) 200-9278 now for a free consultation for your case.